England struggle to find competitive team for warm-up game

England will play two 50-over warm-up games ahead of the ODI series beginning on October 14 Getty Images

Hyderabad: Oct 5, 2011

The England cricket team, which arrived in Hyderabad Tuesday for the five-match One-day International (ODI) series against India, are yet to know who their opponents for Saturday’s warm-up game will be, the British media reported.

England have two 50 overs warm-up games scheduled in Hyderabad before the ODI series begins against the World Champions Oct 14.

England stand-in coach Richard Halsall admitted that they are in the dark about whom they might play or even what team is called.

“I understand we’re struggling to find a team to play against,” Halsall was quoted as saying in British media.

With most of the top Indian cricketers either injured or involved in the Irani Cup or Champions League Twenty20 matches, the tourists are expecting to face a second string XI.

England’s chief coach Andy Flower, who is delayed by shoulder surgery as well as Tuesday’s OBE awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, will reach here Thursday.

England, however, will be without their batting coach Graham Gooch, who is has recovering from an operation on his right wrist tendon.

India had beaten England 5-1 and 5-0 on their last two ODI trips here. (IANS)